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Education

This chapter provides data on educational qualifications among disabled Māori and how they compare with non-disabled Māori.

About education and well-being

Education is a critical factor in people’s material well-being as it affects their opportunities in the labour market, and therefore their income, and access to housing and other material resources. Education also has intrinsic benefits which can improve people’s quality of life by enhancing their life skills, their understanding of the world, and their participation in social and cultural activities (OECD, 2011, p146). Providing the best education for disabled people is one of the objectives of the New Zealand Disability Strategy (Minister for Disability Issues, 2001, p16).

Highest qualification

In general, disabled people tend to have lower levels of educational attainment than non-disabled people. Within the Māori population, this is reflected in fewer formal educational qualifications, particularly at university level. Figure 8 shows that in 2013, 41 percent of disabled Māori had no formal educational qualifications, compared with 24 percent of non-disabled Māori. Just 7 percent of disabled Māori had degrees, compared with 15 percent of non-disabled Māori.

Figure 8

The educational disparities between disabled and non-disabled Māori partly reflect the older age profile of the disabled population, as older people in general are less likely to have educational qualifications. Among disabled Māori, 35 percent of 15–44 year-olds had no formal qualifications, compared with 44 percent of 45–64 year-olds, and 52 percent of those aged 65 and over. However, even among younger Māori, disabled people were less likely than non-disabled Māori to have qualifications.

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